Former NFL player remains missing after mother killed near Chicago-area home

A former NFL player’s mother was found dead near her Chicago home while his whereabouts were unknown after the pair reportedly went missing.

(Video: CBS News Chicago)

An investigation remained underway in Maywood, Illinois, a suburban village west of Chicago, where the 73-year-old Myrtle Simmons-Brown, mother to former NFL safety Sergio Brown, was found dead.

According to reports from family and neighbors, neither had been seen or heard from since Thursday leading officers to open a missing persons report by Saturday. It was then that Simmons-Browns’ remains were discovered in a creek behind her home after a thorough search of her property.

Speaking with WGN-TV, Sheila Simmons, sister to Simmons-Brown and aunt to the player who had spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Patriots, Colts, Jaguars and Bills, explained, “We’re going to find out what happened because it’s not normal for my sister to not answer her phone, not to respond to text messages. People have been reaching out to her since Friday. No one was able to reach her. Now, I got the call this morning saying that she’s missing, so immediately I came out here and find out my sister is dead.”

When the decedent had been located, police transported her remains to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Officer were her death was ruled a homicide as a result of multiple injuries suffered from an apparent assault.

In conversation with CBS 2 Chicago, neighbor Carlos Cortez spoke highly of Simmons-Brown, but voiced concern over recent behavior from her son.

“Myrtle, she was an outstanding woman, and I’m hoping she’s in the right place and she’s with God. Like I said, I never would’ve expected this in a million years. You only watch this on TV. And to know this happened next door, it’s a tragedy,” he said before expressing that family members had told him Brown had been acting “out of his mind.”

Police had been provided with Cortez’ doorbell camera footage and the neighbor explained, “They seen him taking out the trash, and they seen him have a bonfire where he burned all her clothes.”

Meanwhile, the victim’s son and brother to Sergio, Nick Brown, had taken to Facebook after his mother’s body had been located and remembered her “for being strong, caring, diligent, fancy, funny, and for saving my art.”

“Mom always told me, ‘tough times don’t last’ and our last conversation about tough times being temporary is my beacon of hope,” he wrote before voicing concern for the former player. “My brother Sergio is still missing. If anyone knows where he is I want him to know that I love you and please come home.”

“People, please don’t approach the property, this is still an ongoing investigation by the Maywood Police Department. If you have any information on Sergio’s whereabouts please send them to the Maywood Police Department,” added Brown.


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